4 surprising factors that can raise miscarriage risk

A miscarriage is the loss of a foetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. More than 80 per cent of miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. For most women, a miscarriage is a one-off event and they go on to have a successful pregnancy in the future

4 surprising factors that can raise miscarriage risk
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Miscarriages occur in approximately 10 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reported.

Common risk factors for naturally losing a baby during early pregnancy are advanced maternal age and prior early pregnancy loss. We’ve listed four additional risk factors that could surprise you.

Daylight Savings Time

Women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) who’ve previously experienced a pregnancy loss should avoid getting an embryo transfer close to Daylight Savings Time.

Researchers at Boston Medical Center just discovered that ladies who fall into these categories experience higher miscarriage rates after getting an embryo placed into their uterus if it has been less than 21 days since Daylight Savings. According to Medical XPress, these findings apply to both spring and summer clock changes.

Yeast infection drug fluconazole

Last April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to re-examine the proposed link between a common yeast infection drug called fluconazole and an increased risk of miscarriage.

An extensive study from January 2016 reported a significant increased risk of miscarriage among those who had used the drug, Medical Daily previously reported. Researchers examined the medical records of Danish women who had taken fluconazole orally while 7 to 22 weeks pregnant between 1997 and 2013.

Vitamin E deficiency

When a foetus isn’t getting enough vitamin E, the deficiency could cause a pregnant mother to miscarry because crucial body parts can’t develop without proper nutrients, according to a study in Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Second-hand smoke exposure

A 2014 study surveyed 80,762 women ages 50 to 79 and found that second-hand smoke exposure during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. These findings were previously reported by Medical Daily.

Source: Medical Daily